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Dec 7, 2016

Stella Maris Kids Get Christmas Treat from Belize Bank

Christmas is a time for giving and in the spirit of goodwill the Belize Bank, threw a huge party for the children of Stella Marris at the Radisson this morning. The much anticipated event brought joy to the children at the sight of Santa Claus bearing gifts. News Five’s Duane Moody joined in the celebration. 
Duane Moody, Reporting

One hundred and four students from the Stella Maris School today received a Christmas treat courtesy of the Belize Bank. For the past eight years, the bank has been sponsoring the party in which the students benefit from the trappings of a Christmas dinner as well as the most anticipated arrival of Santa Claus with gifts. It’s the highlight for the event that took place at the Radisson, which partnered with the bank once again this year.


Denise Godfrey

Denise Godfrey, Senior Marketing Officer, Belize Bank Limited

“We invited from preschool up to upper division, school wardens, teachers…everybody was invited to this party. We are looking forward to them just having a great time. We were also were graced with the presence of Miss Universe Belize, Miss Rebecca Rath; she joined us today, we’re very happy about that; the kids were excited and so were we. Also lined up we have entertainment from Fun Land—Princess Elsa, Ninja Turtles…the full works—each year it gets bigger and bigger.”


There were many fun activities for the children, including dancing and playing games. According to Principal Karima Ocean, the students are excited by social events like these.


Karima Ocean

Karima Ocean, Principal, Stella Maris School

“These children look forward to this every year and we are really appreciative of what Belize Bank does for our students every year. The importance is to create that awareness that even though these children have special needs, they are human begins too and they need to be cared for. So we really want to say a big thank you to Belize Bank for this effort and this initiative.”


Just after lunch and play with several mascots, Santa Claus arrived at the party with gifts, donated by the staff members of the Belize Bank. The experience has been overwhelming for Tiwannie Lauria and Ewarth Jones.


Ewarth Jones, Student

“…play games and having fun.”


Duane Moody

“What do you expect?”


Ewarth Jones

Ewarth Jones

“Gifts and food.”


Duane Moody

“Now Santa is going to be here in a couple hours; what is it that you asked Santa for this year?”


Ewarth Jones

“A basketball.”


Duane Moody

“Think yo wah get it?”


Ewarth Jones

“Yes sir.”


Tiwannie Lauria

Tiwannie Lauria, Student

“I had fun; here is nice and…”


Duane Moody

“What you looking forward to? Santa Claus? The gift?”


Tiwannie Lauria

“I looking for Santa Claus and say thanks for the gift.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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